If you’re on a tight budget, you can probably learn to shop more efficiently at the grocery store. Jenny Epstein runs the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative for Ever Thrive Illinois. It’s a statewide effort, aimed primarily at low-income people who might be on food stamps, to teach good shopping and eating habits. She says they give supermarket tours across the state, and more extensive lessons.
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“In addition to the Cooking Matters at the Store tour, we also do six-week-long Cooking Matters courses. It’s a six-week program where we do a nutrition and culinary education component, and we show people that with a few basic ingredients, some fresh fruits and vegetables, some spices, you can make a delicious meal that’s low in fat, low in sodium, low in sugar and low in cost,” she said.
The lessons are intended for low-income people but are applicable to anyone who wants to save money and eat better.
Basic advice in the store: Read labels, read unit prices, and buy the produce that’s in-season; it’ll be the cheapest.